Frequently Asked Questions

1. I do not have access to a computer or have an email address, how do I apply?

All correspondence between MFB and applicants is conducted via email, therefore it is essential for applicants to have regular access to a computer and email facilities. Applicants without a computer and/or internet access can register using computers available at municipal libraries and internet cafes. 

2. I would like more information on firefighter recruitment; can an application pack be posted to me?

This website is the best point of reference for interested applicants as information on the recruitment process is updated regularly. Applications need to be submitted online via our website.

3. Do I have to pay for any of the recruitment selection testing?

The initial written aptitude test is conducted by an external company called ACER (Australian Council for Educational Research) they charge an administration fee which is incurred by the applicant (this payment does not go to MFB).

Subsequent stages of the recruitment process are managed by MFB, that cover all other costs associated with the selection process (other than the National Police certificate from Victoria Police).

4. How many vacancies are available for the role of firefighter per year?

Recruit courses comprises of 30 recruits, with up to four courses conducted per year.  However, it is ultimately determined by organisational staffing needs and as a result is subject to change at any time.

5. Can I apply if I am from overseas or interstate?

Yes; however, applicants must be either an Australian citizen or Permanent Resident of Australia to apply. New Zealand citizens also have the right to apply. 

6. Can any of the recruitment tests be undertaken interstate?

All stages are conducted in Melbourne and applicants must attend at the locations specified. No alternatives will be given and no consideration will be given to combining stages to reduce the number of visits.

7. Should I complete a fire technology course prior to applying?

Due to changes in Government funding, fire technology courses are no longer offered by Victorian Tafe or universities.

MFB selects applicants from diverse backgrounds and education levels.   There are no prerequisite courses or prior learning necessary for entry into the MFB and we do not recommend potential applicants undertake any particular course to assist in gaining entry to MFB.

8. How do I become a volunteer firefighter?

MFB does not have any volunteer firefighting positions, all our operational staff are employed on a permanent, full-time basis.  Please contact the CFA for more information on becoming a volunteer firefighter at

9. Do I have an advantage if I am currently a volunteer firefighter with another organisation?

MFB provides comprehensive training to new recruits; therefore no previous firefighting experience is required.

10. Are there part-time firefighting positions available?

All MFB on-shift firefighters are employed on a full-time basis.

11. Can I transfer from another Australian Fire Service?

MFB does not currently have a lateral entry process nor does the organisation conduct lateral entry recruitment campaigns.

12. Is there a limit to how many times I can apply?

Yes, if you have applied from 2009 to 2015 and have exhausted your three attempts you will be ineligible to apply.

If, at any time, you are found to be in breach of testing protocols your application will not be progressed.
Any candidate who deliberately supplies false, incomplete or misleading information in an attempt to gain employment with MFB will be automatically disqualified from further consideration for employment.

13. Does being a firefighter volunteer or volunteering for emergency services such as SES help?

Previous experience and qualifications related to community work may enhance a candidate’s performance at interview, but does not guarantee they will be more competitive or gain employment with MFB.

14. What superannuation exists?

If successful in becoming a firefighter, you will be required to become a member of the Emergency Service Superannuation Scheme (ESSS). This is a defined benefit superannuation fund to which you contribute according to the rate you nominate on your superannuation form.

15. I don't have experience in firefighting and I'm not a volunteer, can I still apply?

Yes. firefighting experience is not a pre-requisite for applying for the role. The recruitment process is designed to select applicants who have successfully demonstrated the right motivation, aptitude and behaviours to become a Firefighter. The Recruit Course trains all recruits in all aspects of firefighting, regardless of whether or not they have any experience.

16. What subjects should I study at school to become a career firefighter?

There are no specific subjects that you are recommended to study. You should ensure that you have a broad education including literacy and numeracy. You should ensure that you have opportunities to practice teamwork, are committed to serving Melbourne’s community by demonstrating ethics and integrity.

17. I live remotely; is accommodation provided during the 19 weeks at the Victorian Emergency Management Training College (VEMTC) in Craigieburn?

No, accommodation is not provided and recruits are required to return home at the end of each day. If you live remotely then is it expected you make your own accommodation arrangements.

18. Who can I contact for more information?

For enquiries please email

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